Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Can’t figure out what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Have you still not decided what to put on your wish list? Either way, we’ve got you covered with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – compiling the hottest games, audio gear, movies, books and more.
FOR THE GAMER
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar’s vast and ambitious Grand Theft Auto V has been improved across the board for its next-gen debut, with upgraded resolution, brand-new textures, a new foliage system, and an incredibly fun first-person mode which allows players to experience the gritty world of Los Santos through the eyes of the game’s three characters. Thousands of new animations have been added to flesh out this new camera perspective, resulting in an experience unlike anything in the history of the franchise.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
The best-selling LEGO Batman franchise returns in this action-packed adventure, where the Caped Crusader and his allies can venture through outer space for the first time! Players will travel to various Lantern Worlds including Zamaron and Odym, teaming up with the greatest superheroes (and supervillains) to stop the maniacal Braniac from destroying Earth. The game features over 150 playable characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Kevin Smith, Conan O’Brien, and even the legendary Adam West!
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Ubisoft’s longstanding Assassin’s Creed franchise storms onto next-gen consoles with breathtaking graphics, an all-new co-op campaign, deep customization, and improved parkour, combat and stealth gameplay. Players take control of a young man named Arno during the French Revolution in 1789, as he helps transform the fate of the nation on his quest to becoming the Master Assassin he was born to be.
Tales of Hearts R
Bandai Namco Studios’ Tales of Hearts R tells the tale of Kor Meteor, a young man living in a small village by the sea with his grandfather, who trains him in the art of the sword. Deemed worthy by his mentor, Kor’s grandfather bequeaths to him a special type of weapon known as a Soma. Kor embarks on an epic adventure with a girl named Kohaku Hearts, to reverse a curse placed upon her by a mysterious witch. Exclusive to the PlayStation Vita, Tales of Hearts R features gorgeously animated cut scenes and an action-packed 3D battle system for hours of fun on the go.
The Evil Within
Survival Horror returns to its roots in this terrifying new game from Shinji Mikami, the mastermind who created the Resident Evil franchise. While investigating a gruesome mass murder scene, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his team encounter a mysterious, supernatural force that transports him to a nightmarish world filled with monstrous creatures. With limited resources available, players will have to conquer their fears and help Sebastian survive this horrifying reality, which is brought to life on next-gen with the powerful id Tech 5 graphics engine.
The Last of Us Firefly Hoodie
The Official Naughty Dog Shop is now open, featuring a huge assortment of really cool gear based on the prestigious company’s games. With items ranging from apparel to mugs and lithographs, there’s something here for everyone who wants to proudly showcase their love for Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, and more. Like this awesome full-zip Firefly hoodie from The Last of Us!
musterbrand Watch Dogs Surveillance Bag
This huge waterproof heavy duty bag features welded seams and a roll-top enclosure. With up to 60 liters capacity, an RFID-shielded pocket (great for keeping your wallet contents safe from criminals) and a gorgeous design, this is a bag Aiden Pierce himself would be proud to wear.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury
The “world’s fastest gaming mouse”, the G402 Hyperion Fury features lightning-fast tracking at speeds in excess of 500 IPS, thanks to Logitech’s proprietary Delta Zero technology and Fusion Engine hybrid sensor. Add in 8 programmable buttons, on-the-fly DPI switching, a 1MS report rate, and ergonomic design and you’ve got a mouse any gamer would be proud to own – even eSports champs like Michael “HaRts” Zanada, who uses the Hyperion Fury himself.
ROCCAT Savu Hybrid Gaming Mouse
ROCCAT’s Savu Mid-Size Gaming Mouse combines incredible build quality and performance with deep customization. With a 4000 DPI sensor, Easy-Shift[+] technology for fast DPI switching, a customizable rear light bar, and “No Sweat” side grips to prevent slips from perspiration, not to mention a precision scroll wheel and even unlockable achievements via the R.A.D. application, this mouse packs just about everything a hardcore gamer could ever need.
With Easy-Shift[+] technology that allows multiple settings for every button, the ROCCAT Kone Gaming Mouse allows users to customize their gaming experience exactly the way they want it, while keeping the design clear and uncluttered. With a DPI range of 200-8200, the Kone Pure offers unbelievable precision and control, and its built-in 32-bit Turbo Core processor processes all calculations internally to save your CPU power. Its ROCCAT Talk protocol allows the sharing of information between Kone mice and and the Isku keyboards – a first for gaming peripherals. The Kone Pure also features customizable weight, and 5 LED lights that can be changed to your heart’s content.
ROCCAT Siru Mousepad
Roccat’s Siru Mousepad is the perfect companion to any high-end gaming mouse, offering supreme control, extremely accurate tracking and compatibility with over 80 laser and optical mice. With the Siru’s non-slip surface, mouse gliding is effortless and incredibly precise. Available in Cryptic Blue or Pitch Black.
Designed for an active lifestyle, Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel headphones are durable, comfortable, and customizable, with an assortment of Comply foam tips, silicone ear tips and C-tips included. Featuring large 13.55mm drivers for powerful, clear audio, as well as an in-line mic, tangle-free flat cable and a handy hardshell carrying case, these headphones are perfect for music and mobile gaming.
Audio-Technica ATH-AG1 High-Fidelity Gaming Headset
Audio Technica gives players the ultimate gaming experience, packing over 50 years of audio engineering technology into the incredible ATH-AG1 Gaming Headset. With excellent build quality, premium 53mm drivers, a state-of-the-art microphone and a double air damping system to eliminate outside noise, this is an audiophile-grade headset for those seeking a superior audio experience.
Featuring a retractable microphone, improved ear cups, premium comfort, and extremely detailed and accurate sound, the SteelSeries Siberia v3 Gaming Headset improves upon the critically-acclaimed design of the Siberia v2 in every way. Noise-reducing memory foam ear cushions seal in the powerful bass and shut out the outside world, so you can escape completely into the gaming realm with this lightweight, multiplatform headset.
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Microphone
Audio Technica’s AT2500-USB Cardioid Condenser microphone is perfect for gaming livestreams, podcasts, home studio recording, and more. Its built-in headphone jack (with headphone volume controls) allows users to monitor the mic output without any audible delay, and its USB output makes it incredibly handy for mobile recording. Its solid metal construction and pivoting stand mount ensure that it’s well protected during intense gaming sessions.
FOR THE MUSICIAN/ PRODUCER
iZotope’s Studio & Repair Bundle combines 4 fantastic audio effect suites – RX4, Ozone 6, Nectar 2, and Alloy 2. Just about every possible audio mixing & editing need is covered with this bundle – vocal production, professional mastering, sound sculpting, and audio repair. RX4 restores less-than-perfect recordings into pro-sounding material with features like Declip, Denoiser, and Adaptive Hum Removal. Nectar 2 brings vocal tracks to life with features like pitch correction, breath control processing, a harmonizer, reverb/delay, saturation and more. Alloy 2 shapes your sound with Equalization, Dynamics, Exciter, De-esser, and Transient Shaper. And Ozone 6 puts the finishing touch on your recording with 8 essential mastering tools to polish up your mix.
For those who hate wasting hours tinkering with busses, effects chains and sends, EZmix 2 is a godsend. When you just want to lay down some tracks and have them sounding good as quickly as possible, Toontrack’s time-saving plugin gives you over 350 effects chains with the click of a mouse. Just pull up some presets and guitar/bass amp simulations with the intuitive interface and you’re ready to roll! Not to mention, EZmix 2’s low CPU usage is great for recording on mobile or underpowered systems.
JumpStart Series PLUS Bundle
Graham Cochrane (of The Recording Revolution fame) breaks down EQ, compression, editing, mixing and mastering in easy to understand terms in this fantastic training series. Using nothing but stock plugins, Graham shows you how to take your mixes to the next level, and polish them to a mirror sheen in mastering. Featuring 18 easy-to-follow video tutorials teaching foundational mixing concepts this is an invaluable reference for beginners and experienced mixers alike.
Toontrack continues their tradition of time-saving and creativity-inspiring software with EZdrummer 2. Simply tap to find the groove you’re looking for, customize the loop on the fly with velocity and complexity controls, and select a drum kit and mix preset that suits your song. Rinse and repeat – you’ve got a complete, professional-sounding drum track in minutes!
IK Multimedia’s iRig Blueboard Bluetooth MIDI device allows musicians to control their favorite iOS music apps from the floor, just like a guitar pedalboard. It connects to your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad or Mac via Bluetooth, and allows users to control parameters in MIDI-compatible apps such as Amplitube – easily swap between guitar tones and effects by simply pressing down on the 4 backlit pads (easily discernible on a dark stage). The iRig Blueboard features two TRS expansion jacks, allowing the use of continuous MIDI controllers such as wah or volume pedals. Guitarists, keyboard players, and singers alike can streamline their onstage setup with this awesome device.
IK Multimedia iRig MIC HD
The new and improved model of the best-selling iRig MIC, IK Multimedia’s handheld digital condenser iRig MIC HD is perfect for podcasts, journalists, home studio enthusiasts and singers. Connecting directly to your iOS device or Mac/PC, the iRig MIC HD packs a 24-bit A/D converter, a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate and a low-noise preamp. With a durable metal body construction, ergonomic form factor and bundled apps, carry bag and mic clip, this mic can tackle just about any audio recording project head-on.
IK Multimedia’s iRig PRO allows musicians to record microphones, guitars, line instruments or MIDI devices while maintaining a very high portability factor. Including cables and inputs for virtually all audio and MIDI instruments, as well as phantom power ability and a host of software, the iRig PRO is the world’s first truly comprehensive mobile recording platform.
FOR THE FILM/ TV BUFF
Arrow: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray
Season Two of Arrow raised the bar, solidifying its place as TV’s best comic-based show. Fans get a fantastic audio/visual presentation and a wealth of extras with Arrow: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, as well as a digital copy for all 23 episodes. If you’ve missed the series up to this point (what’s your excuse?!), now’s the perfect chance to jump in, especially with this Blu-ray set’s handy recap of the first season.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (Extended Edition)
Packed with 25 minutes of brand-new scenes, and an incredible 9 hours of special features, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D (Extended Edition) continues the quest through Middle-earth in an epic fantasy adventure for the ages. Fans can relive the film like never before while gearing up for the December 17th theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
FOR THE OTAKU
Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Vol. 1
In Naoki Serizawa’s Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Capcom’s seminal horror franchise is brought to life in manga form for the first time. Serving as a prequel to Resident Evil 6, the book traces the origins of the deadly C-Virus to the elite Marhawa Academy in Singapore, where a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. When things get out of hand, Chris Redfield and his BSAA team are called in to investigate – including Piers Nivens, who serves as Chris’ partner in Resident Evil 6.
Voltron: From Days of Long Ago
Thirty years ago, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit airwaves, changing the world of giant robots forever. Voltron: From Days of Long Ago celebrates the franchise’s long and storied history, from the comics and toys to the classic TV series and much more.
Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 [LE Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
In this brand new re-release, Viz Media presents the adventures of Usagi Tsukino in its completely uncut and uncensored format for the first time ever, in full HD remastered glory!
All You Need Is Kill
Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill served as the inspiration for the Tom Cruise summer blockbuster movie Edge of Tomorrow. Discover the story from a whole new angle in this manga collecting both volumes of Keiji and Rita’s battle against the invading alien Mimics.
Pokemon Season 1: Indigo League – The Complete Collection
Go back to where the Pokemon phenomenon all started with this DVD collection featuring all 79 episodes of the very first season of the hit TV show. Watch as Ash earns the trust of Pikachu and begins his quest to become a Pokemon Master Trainer with pals Brock and Misty by his side.
Skylanders Trap Team
Activision’s Skylanders Trap Team continues to evolve the massively successful video game/ toy hybrid formula by letting fans capture Skylands’ most wanted villains and use their powers for good. When a player defeats a villain in the game, they can trap them with the new Traptanium Portal to be used in battle later – the imprisoned baddies will even speak to the player through the Portal!
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2
Following the vibrant world of the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures animated series, Namco Bandai’s PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 features PAC-MAN, Spiral and Cylindria in a new story as the gang defends PacWorld from the evil army of Lord Betrayus. With new and improved power-ups, new characters from the TV series, and the ability to play as Spiral and Cylindrial, kids will get hours of fun out of this game.
MONOPOLY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Edition
MONOPOLY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features 22 locations found in Nickelodeon’s hugely popular animated television series, including Antonio’s Pizza-Rama, Roosevelt High School and Splinter’s Dojo. Allies and Enemies cards replace the traditional Chance and Community Chest cards, and Houses and Hotels are renamed Sewer Entrances and Lair Entrances, respectively. The game’s six custom, metal tokens include the villainous Kraang, Raph’s pet turtle Spike, a ninja throwing star, pizza, a mutagen canister and the mask of the treacherous Foot Clan leader, Shredder.
A Belle For Christmas
Dean Cain of Lois & Clark stars as Glenn Barrows, a man who has recently lost his wife. To ease the family’s pain, he decides to adopt an adorable puppy named Belle during the holiday season, who quickly brings joy into their lives. But will Glen’s dog-hating, gold-digging new girlfriend (Kristy Swanson of Big Daddy and A Christmas Wish) spoil their newfound happiness, or can the children pull off a daring Christmas Eve rescue of their beloved new pet? Haylie Duff (7th Heaven) co-stars in this heartwarming comedy that the entire family will enjoy.
Cartoon Network’s Holiday Collection DVD collects four holiday-themed episodes from Adventure Time, Regular Show, and The Amazing World of Gumball, along with two bonus episodes from newcomers Clarence and Steven Universe. Plus, it has an awesome cover that looks like a holiday sweater. How can you resist?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe 9-Bin Organizer
Delta Children’s radical Ninja Turtles Deluxe Multi-Bin Organizer helps kids keep their rooms clean in style, with nine uniquely-sized fabric bins supported by a sturdy frame. With colorful illustrations of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo in their classic 1980s animated series form, this organizer will have kids cleaning up in record time.
The Legend of Korra
Activision’s The Legend of Korra, developed by renowned studio PlatinumGames, is a third-person action video game based on the fan-favorite Nickelodeon animated series. The fast-paced brawler allows Korra to unleash all of the four elements on her enemies in combo-heavy martial arts-based combat. Available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows PC.
The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits Blu-ray
With 14 commentaries, 4 featurettes, 15 animatics, and more adding up to over 5 hours worth of additional content,Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits has everything a fan could ask for. The beautifully animated episodes have never looked better than they do on this HD transfer, and Jeremy Zuckerman’s soundtrack shines on Blu-ray alongside the outstanding sound design. Not to mention, it looks great on a shelf next to Book One.